Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesdays Tidbits with Kari: Featuring Author Kerri Nelson

And the winner of Kerri's book giveaway contest is JULIE LALONDE. Julie, go to Kerri's website www.kerrinelson.com and pick a book from her books page, then contact her with your choice via her contact page, and she will send the book to you. Congratulations!

Gooooood morning M&M readers! I woke up rested, refreshed and ready to write. So let's see what tidbits Kerri Nelson has to offer us to help us on our journey.

Kari: Can you tell us a little about your new romantic suspense CROSS CHECK MY HEART?

Kerri: Absolutely. This is a romantic suspense book featuring a sexy hockey player named Danny from the U.S. Olympic Hockey team. Well, he's trying to make the team but the new team physical therapist may have other plans for him. That new therapist is Jana and she's not only new to the team...she's new in town. The thing is...she's on the run from something dark and dangerous in her past. Check it out to find out what happens...now available in print and e-book from Eternal Press.

Kari: What is the biggest difference between romantic suspense and mysteries?

Kerri: Well, I believe that they are both mysteries. BUT romantic suspense contains both a real romance story in addition to the mystery and a happily ever after. I think it combines the best of both genres.

Kari: How long does it take you to write a book and what is your schedule like?

Kerri: My schedule is all over the place. As the mother of 3 young children (2 under the age of 2 years old), I can't really schedule a set time. I have to write when I can. Sometimes I can write one sentence before I'm disturbed and sometimes I can write a whole chapter. It just depends on the day I'm having.

It also depends on the length of the book. I normally try to write at least 1000 words per day, if possible. So, I can write a full novel in 2 to 3 months if I can meet that goal.

Kari: You do a lot of publicity and marketing for your books? What do you find works the best and what is a waste of time?

Kerri: Great question. I really enjoy doing blog appearances. Thanks for having me here today, by the way! Really anything that allows me to interact with the readers is crucial. Readers seem to love contests and giveaways. In fact, I'd like to offer up a free e-book of your choice from my backlist to one of today's participants.

I'm also a huge advocate of book trailers. I design custom book trailers for myself and other authors. It think they are a great form of advertising and I highly recommend them. I've bought several books after viewing great trailers.

On the other hand, I've never bought a book from a banner ad. I see them all over the place and they are so plentiful that I just ignore them. That's a sad thing because some of them are beautifully made. They just don't do anything for me as a reader--so I don't invest in them as an author.

Kari: I see you make book trailers. Can you tell us a little about that?

Kerri: Oops. Well, I just made reference to this in the last question. Yes, they are basically short commercials for books. They are just like a movie trailer but shorter and without a voice over.

You can visit my promotional website http://www.thebookboost.com/ to check out samples of trailers that I've done for other authors (including bestselling authors Ann Aguirre and Monica Burns) and read comments on those trailers. The pricing is also available there.
Hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Kari: Who are your favorite authors?

Kerri: Wow. There are way too many to name here. Just to name a few I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, Brenda Novak, Roxanne St. Claire, Stephanie Bond, and Karin Slaughter. That in no way covers it but those are just a mere few.

Again, thanks so much, Kari. I'll be around to respond to comments and answer questions and I'll be giving away a book to one participant as well.

Kerri Nelson
Author of Romantic Suspense & More


Kari Lee Townsend said...

Thanks again for being with us, Kerri. I have four children, though mine are all in school now, but I remember writing with a newborn, a 16 month old, and a 2 1/2 year old. Eeek, it was nuts. But I actually think I wrote more pages per day then! I tend to work so much better under pressure :-)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Whoops, I was so excited to have you here, I hit the button twice! LOL!

kerribookwriter said...

Hey Kari!

I'm absolutely thrilled to be here, thanks for having me.

I'm off to take my oldest to school and have to coordinate getting all the little ones in the car as well. I'm sure you can relate--it is like herding cats!

I'll be back shortly and see if we can get some activity to your lovely blog!

Oh yeah, and now that I'm not preggie or breastfeeding anymore I can finally have a MARGARITA! I cannot wait.


Shaggygirl said...

Hey Kerri

I got here from your Twitter comment. I have a question for you.

Do you outline your books - especially given you are nabbing bits of time to write.

I'm struggling with my outline at the moment and wondered if you have any advice or things that work for you.



PS. I really admire the fact you can get ANYTHING done with all those littlies.

Liz Lipperman said...

Welcome to M & M, Kerri. Your books sound really great. I wrote a RS proposal last year, my first attempt, and I have to admit, it psyched me up. It was a military OPS one and I loved the characters. One of these days I will go back to it, but for now, I'm staying with straight mysteries with romance. I found the difference in the two genres was that in a mystery, you don't know who the killer is. At least in my RS you knew up front who the bad guy was and it was all about the danger as well as the sexual tension.

Wow! Writing with little ones must be tough at times. I'll quit whining because my Sodoku puzzles take up so much of my time!!

Thanks again for joining us. I'm really loving finding out how other writers operate.

kerribookwriter said...

Good morning Shaggy!

So thrilled that someone out there in Twitterland was actually "listening". :-)

I'm fairly new to Twitter and sometimes wonder if it is worth the effort.

Thanks for joining me here at M&M today.

As to your question on outlines...I do not outline my books. The closest thing I do to an outline would be AFTER I write the book--I go back and write the Synopsis.

Otherwise, I really just write freestyle. Sometimes if a particular scene or character comes to me that I want to use later, I'll make a note of it.

I just find that if I spend too much time preparing to write that I don't have time to do any actual writing.

You can check out more about my writing routine on my BookBoost blog. I wrote about it yesterday at www.thebookboost.blogspot.com if you are interested.

Hope to see you there!

kerribookwriter said...

Hey Liz!

Thanks for the lovely comments. I started out as a legal thriller writer and still hope to get some of those books published some day in the future (they need quite a bit of rewriting).

I've always been a huge mystery fan but just fell in love with romantic suspense in recent years. It just seemed a perfect fit for me.

Your foray into the RS genre sounds intriguing--I hope you'll see it through.

It is my pleasure to join you and I'm honored that Kari made this opportunity available to me.

As far as the little ones go...I always say that if I can still write a love scene while my toddler smears peanut butter on my pants leg and unplugs my computer then I must work better in chaos.

Nice to meet you,

Cassy Pickard said...

Kerri: Welcome, welcome! We love to have folks like you join us on M&M. I love to hear how others put it all together.

I find I need to be deep into my story to produce the pages. I can't easily pick up/ put down. I so admire you gals who can do that.

kerribookwriter said...

Hey Cassy!

Thanks for the warm welcome. I REALLY need that frozen Margarita! Is 9:30 a.m. too early for one? LOL

Well, the way I see it is that my brain is constantly spinning through new ideas, plot points, titles, and characters...it never stops working. Even when I'm changing poopie diapers (which is a large portion of my day--oy!)

Luckily, it usually comes out smoothly when I sit down to type a few words here and there I just get down as much as I can and then hit that save button before I lose it.

Unfortunately, I don't get to really every truly escape from reality in order to write. I'm just fortunate to have one of those multi-tasker brains I guess.

Kate Richards said...

It's fun learning more about you and your books, Kerri!

kerribookwriter said...

Hey Kate~~

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate it.


Mary Martinez said...

Kari and Kerri, great blog interview. I love to hear how other people manage their life around writing. And if you're serious that's what you have to do.

I also love Brenda Novak, so something in common.

Thanks for the help on trailers too.

Lindsay said...

I enjoyed the interview. Rest assured I'll be checking out the trailer link. I've tried doing them and would almost rather change a poopey diaper. Notice I said almost, I'm not that crazy.

Kathy said...

What a great job you do with juggling children and writing books. I whine because my full time job seems to interfere a lot lately. I work in a convenience store aka gas station here in TX and I used to be able to sit down and jot things in a notebook during work. Somehow we're busier now and the notebook rarely sneaks out of the purse for writing. I have grabbed lottery results and jotted information for a scene or idea on the back stuck it inmypurse for adding later. Funny they never seem to reappear. So I will stop complaining now. I work best late at night after work when the hubby has gone to bed and I can put on music or enjoy the quiet. I love romantic suspense, how did we ever survive before books?

kerribookwriter said...

Mary M~~

So glad you stopped by to give me a shout out!

Brenda Novak and I are not only author friends but we both have a young child with Juvenile Diabetes (which is how we actually met in the first place).

For those of you who don't know, she holds the biggest, baddest author/reader auction for diabetes every May. You can get all the details at her website (www.brendanovak.com). We've got to find a cure for this monster of a disease.

This year I'll be donating a custom designed book trailer, a free year of promo on my BookBoost website, and a name in a book auction for one of my upcoming Paranormal Romantic Suspense books that I just signed with Dorchester Publishing for 2011!

Thanks for the comment, Mary!

kerribookwriter said...


LOL! Well, I always have plenty of diapers in need of attention around here. I should have bought stock in Huggies years ago!

Hope you will check out my work and I'm going to be running a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Trailer special for the summer. So, if you need more than 1 you can get a heck of a deal.

Thanks for the kindness,

kerribookwriter said...


I know what you mean about being a book-a-holic. I don't get to read as much as I did before the full time mommyhood/writerhood took over my life.

I really do work 24/7 because as a mother you don't really get sick days or vacation days. I did take the month of February (right after I gave birth) off from writing and it was strange. I felt like something was missing even though I didn't have a spare minute of the day with a newborn on hand.

So, I guess writing is just something that gets in your blood.

Best of luck with your writing goals. Stay in touch!


Lindsay said...

I guess I'm lucky when it come to writing. The job I have allows me the time to do it without interference.
Course not having children around helps also. So kudos to you ladies with children. The spouse-if he gets in the way just tell him you have a headache. Us men are simple, not stipid. We can take a hint to leave you alone.

J K Maze said...

Very interesting interview. I've been wondering about trailers and whether or not they work. I read one of your books an am anxious to read more. Kudos to you for being able to keep up with writing and 3 small children.

kerribookwriter said...


Again, you are an absolute riot! Thanks for the hubby advice. Although, I'm extremely lucky and he is a dream come true.

In fact, he does all the grocery shopping and cooking. <<<Ducking for cover from all the other girls!

kerribookwriter said...


Thanks for the compliments and for checking out my books!

Glad you enjoyed the interview. I'm looking forward to chatting more with you very soon.


susan said...

Hi Kerri, glad to see you here and know you are busy with the baby and all.I feel you are great to take time for all of us. Loved the blog too..it was quite interesting. susan L.

Julie LaLonde said...

Hi Kerri!

Saw you were here and had to come by to see you. The dedication you have toward your writing, with all you have going on, inspires me.

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Kerri and Ladies.

I enjoyed the interview; it was enteraining and interesting.

I'm looking forward in reading more of your works.

Tracey D

kerribookwriter said...

Hey Susan!

I can always count on you to be there. Thanks for being here for me and for your unending support.

Big hugs,

kerribookwriter said...


I'm absolutely honored that I've inspired you in some way. I'm humbled by the notion.

Keep up the good work and stay in touch. I'm always blogging somewhere!

Much appreciation,

kerribookwriter said...

Tracey D~~

Thanks for making it here. Always wonderful to see your smiling face. Well, your smiling font anyway. :-)

Biggest hugs,

kerribookwriter said...

Special thanks to the lovely and talented Ms. Kari Townsend! I'm so thrilled for all your recent success stories and cannot wait to hear more details in the days to come!

I appreciate you and all the dear M&M ladies for having me aboard your blog yesterday. I really enjoyed it.

I'll be back momentarily to announce the winner of my giveaway. Going to do a random drawing with the help of my 2 year old who is pacing around repeating "Mine! Mine!"

One moment...

kerribookwriter said...

I numbered the posts and had my precious blondie bear assistant draw a number.

And the WINNER of a free book from my backlist is...

Julie LaLonde

Julie, please check out my books on the Books page at my website (www.kerrinelson.com) and let me know which one you'd like to receive. You can contact me with your choice via the Contact page on the same website.

Thanks to everyone for your comments!

Julie LaLonde said...

Wow, thank you so much, Kerri! And thanks, Kari, for having Kerri. If this were spoken aloud, it could get confusing. :-)
I'll contact you in a moment.